You may not think that the alignment of your wheels is actually a big deal, but it actually affects the overall safety and handling of your vehicle. That being said, you should know that not every mechanic has the expertise or the technology to perform a proper and accurate wheel alignment. Today’s alignments require advanced technology to ensure that your wheels meet the road at the precise, correct angle. At Scotty’s Automotive, our state of the art repair facility not only has the latest equipment, but also the best experts in the Montague area.
Benefits of a Wheel Alignment
Okay, so you know that you need a wheel alignment, but why? How does a wheel alignment actually affect your vehicle?
Better Fuel Efficiency
Wheels that are out of line cause your vehicle to work harder than it should. And a vehicle that is working harder requires more fuel to operate.
When your vehicle isn’t drifting to the right or left while you drive it means less correcting and a smoother drive overall.
Extend the Life of Your Tires
When your wheels are out of alignment it causes uneven and accelerated tire wear which will land you in the tire shop looking for a new set sooner rather than later.
Signs You Need an Alignment
Because the alignment of your wheels affects the handling of your vehicle, it is often easy to tell when you need a wheel alignment if you can spot the symptoms. Some of the signs that it is time to schedule a wheel alignment for your vehicle include:
- Uneven or accelerated tire wear
- Pulling to the left or right
- Crooked or off-center steering wheel
- Squealing tires
- Loose steering wheel
- Vibrating steering wheel
If you have noticed any of these changes in your vehicle’s behavior while you are behind the wheel, schedule an appointment with the experts at Scotty’s Automotive. Our mechanics will combine their ASE-Certified expertise with the latest alignment equipment to make sure wheels are precisely in line with the road.
When To Get a Wheel Alignment
Most mechanics and manufacturers recommend that you get a wheel alignment every two to three years, this is not a set in stone guideline. If you notice any of the above signs that your vehicle is out of alignment, you should schedule one at your earliest convenience. But you should also have your wheels aligned anytime you have new tires installed or involved in an accident, no matter how minor.